UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF CHIPLEY
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Phone our church office for information, 638-0010
The emblem for United Methodist Women affirms our continuity as women organized for mission. Its symbolism affirms our continuous growth and renewal.
The emblem for United Methodist Women, as well as that for the church, combines the cross and a flame symbolizing the Holy Spirit. The cross and flame are ancient symbols of the church, dating back to the days of Christ and Pentecost. Each evokes images of sacrifice, witness and service. Both remind us of the opportunities and obligation of discipleship. Paul's ancient words to Timothy have fresh and contemporary meaning: "...I now remind you to stir into flame the gift of God which is within you..." (II Timothy 1:6, NEB).
As part of the emblem for United Methodist Women, these symbols remind us of our PURPOSE of helping women to grow as persons in the global community of the church. They also remind us of our heritage, women who pioneered in service for the church at home and abroad and in organization of women for mission service and support in many areas of need.
The shape of the emblem is likewise symbolic. It is fluid and free flowing, suggesting change and mobility. As organized groups of women this has been our heritage--often at the forefront of movements for change, at times supporting the projects initiated by others, but always aware of the times and striving to move with them rather than be overwhelmed by them.
The cross, the flame, the individual with her abilities and opportunities--all are elements of a 20th century movement for United Methodist Women.
PURPOSE OF UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
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